Thousands of migrants landing on Italian shores

Traffickers arrested at Sicilian Port of Augusta

19 June, 13:31

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 19 - Thousands of migrants have arrived in recent days and even in the last hours on the Italian shores in Sicily, Calabria and Campania.

    In particular, in Palermo, the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti arrived with 1,096 migrants who had been saved in various rescue operations in the Mediterranean. There were 751 men, 160 women (11 of whom were pregnant), and 185 children aboard. A task force coordinated by the local prefecture was present at the ship's arrival in port, made up of health workers, law enforcement, Caritas Catholic charity and the Red Cross.

    Twenty-three different nationalities were among the 1,045 refugees who arrived in the Port of Reggio Calabria aboard the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) ship "Vos Prudence". There were 867 men, 158 women (28 of whom were pregnant), and 20 accompanied children. Health screenings revealed the presence of psychological trauma, respiratory difficulties, and injuries due to beatings the migrants had undergone during their stay in Libya, according to MSF Italy director Gabriele Eminente. At port the prefecture-coordinated task force was present, made up of state police and Carabinieri police, finance police, emergency health workers, the Red Cross, Caritas Catholic charity, the Knights of Malta, the Reggio Calabria Provincial Medical Board, and volunteer associations. The time to identify and fingerprint the migrants is estimated to take at least two business days, given the high number of arrivals currently taking place at ports across Italy. Meanwhile, Two traffickers were identified among the 652 migrants (127 of whom were children) who arrived at the commercial Port of Augusta on Sunday aboard the Swedish Coast Guard ship "KVB 200 Triton". Authorities from the interforce group fighting immigration of the Syracuse prosecutor's office arrested the suspected traffickers, one from Senegal and the other from Sudan, who were allegedly trafficking a group of 134 migrants on a rubber raft.

    The men were taken to the Cavadonna prison in Syracuse, accused of aiding illegal immigration.

    According to witness accounts, the migrants had left Libya from the Port of Sabratha last Thursday night. Each of them allegedly paid between 1,500 and 2,000 Libyan dinars, the equivalent of between 900 and 1,300 euros.

    On Monday evening around 21:00, 526 migrants are expected to arrive at Commercial Pier 3 January in Salerno aboard the Spanish ship "Canarias". There are 454 men, 53 women (of whom one is pregnant), and 19 minors (of whom 16 are younger than nine years old and the rest are between 9 and 15 years old).

    The migrants aboard are from Ghana, Sudan, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, and Togo. On Monday morning, the Salerno prosecutor's office held the customary crisis unit meeting to prepare for this 19th arrival.

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